Apparently, the strawberry evolved itself into a self-pollinating hermaphrodite in order to become more popular. It seems that rather than spend the bulk of its energy producing pollen and luring insects to transport it elsewhere, the strawberry decided to use its sensual wiles to acquire an avid fan base of clever bipeds who would gladly cultivate its progeny worldwide.
Though the strawberry’s scheme worked beautifully, its popularity also came at a price. The global food “industry” simply did not appreciate the strawberry’s inherent capacity for diversity of expression. Where once there were dozens of strawberry varieties found in gardens and greenhouses across early America, today nearly the entire U.S. strawberry crop consists of a single strawberry variety: the “Pineapple Strawberry”, or Fragaria ananassa.
Fortunately, diverse and undiscovered strawberry varieties can still be found in the wild. In 2012, an undocumented variety was discovered fruiting in the high peaks of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Once shown to be local to the area, the novel strawberry was dubbed Fragaria cascadensis.